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CITYWIDE The election for newly-drawn state assembly districts may be over a year away, but money is already streaming into candidates’ coffers. Leading the field in what will likely be the

50th district — which includes Santa Monica — is political activist Torie Osborn with $255,830.40 in her war chest. She’s raised that total since she announced her candidacy late last year, and over two-thirds of that amount rolled in between Jan. 1 and June 30, 2011. “My goal was $200,000, so I’ve surpassed

my goal,” she said. Osborn’s money comes from over 900 individual contributions, mostly falling between $100 and $500. Her success stems from the over 20 house parties she has thrown, or that friends have thrown for her all across the United States. Contributions come from as far afield as

New York and Peru. “If you only raise money from lobbyists, big business or institutional players, there’s a limit to what you can raise, because there are only so many developers in Santa Monica,” she said. SEE CAMPAIGN PAGE 9

Venice food club owner pleads not guilty, bail reduced ASSOCIATED PRESS LOS ANGELES A raid on a health food store and its raw dairy products sparked a protest outside a Los Angeles courthouse Thursday where the market's owner was arraigned on charges of selling unlicensed, unpasteurized milk. James Stewart, 64, pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to commit a crime and a dozen other counts. A Superior Court judge said he could be released on $30,000 bail on the condition that he does not distribute unlicensed dairy products while freed. His arraignment came a day after he, along with Ventura County farmer Sharon Palmer and her employee Eugenie Bloch, were arrested on charges of producing unlicensed, unpasteurized goat milk products. Volunteers at Stewart's Rawesome market in Venice said investigators also raided the store, dumping all dairy products and seizing cash from the register. Prosecutors said Rawesome has been selling food to the public for six years without permits. Supporters said the market is really a members-only club specializing in raw foods and they accuse the government of an unjustified crackdown on raw milk. At the protest, they held signs that said "Um Hello?! It's Milk!" and yelled, "Hey, hey, FDA, don't take our milk away." Unpasteurized milk is legal in California but it's regulated to meet health standards. In the past, unpasteurized milk has been blamed for outbreaks of bacterial illnesses. SEE MILK PAGE 11

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Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011 Yoga for a donation Kathmandu Boutique 1844 Lincoln Blvd., 11:30 a.m. — 12:30 p.m. Come and relax your body and mind through gentle yet challenging poses. Beginners and older adults especially encouraged to try. Bring your own mat. Part of each donation goes to charity. For more information, call (310) 392-4711. Dog eat art Santa Monica Museum of Art 2525 Michigan Ave., 11 a.m. — 6 p.m. The Dog Days of Summer Sale arrives at GRACIE, SMMoA’s gift shop. Enjoy markdowns on many of the museum’s fun and arty souvenirs. Pick up a unique and bohemian gift for someone else, or just grab something for yourself. Sale through Sunday. For more information, visit www.smmoa.org or call (310) 586-6488. Live art! Santa Monica Museum of Art 2525 Michigan Ave., 11 a.m. — 6 p.m. Art Marathon by Stephen Keene breaks out of the gate at SMMoA. Keene will be painting on site through Aug. 13 with prices starting at $10-$25. Stop by and buy a painting or e-mail info@smmoa.com with daily theme ideas. For more information, visit www.smmoa.org or call (310) 586-6488.

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LOS ANGELES Conservative Republicans flexed their newfound muscle in Capitol Hill's chaotic debt showdown, but in leftleaning California, moderates are trying to push the party toward the center on immigration, guns and gay rights as the 2012 elections come into view. The latest friction in a long tussle between conservatives and centrists in California comes as leaders search for ways to make their candidates more competitive in a state where Democrats control the Legislature, hold every statewide office and enjoy a growing registration advantage. It also mirrors tensions playing out nationally as presidential contenders maneuver in advance of next year's primary season. A proposed rewrite of the California Republican Party platform retreats from opposition to same-sex adoption, domestic partner benefits and child custody, avoids any mention of overturning Roe v. Wade and drops a demand to end virtually all federal and state benefits for illegal immigrants. Alarmed conservatives say the party's core principles are under assault. "It's castrating conservative ideas," said longtime party activist Mike Spence. The proposed changes suggest "the Republican Party doesn't believe in anything." The proposed changes come as Washington conservatives have displayed new clout in the budget and debt debate and appear out of step with some ascendant leaders in the GOP who have been pulling the party to the right on fiscal and social issues. Yet advocates for the changes say the California party needs a makeover — it's outnumbered in registration and appears poised to lose control of more legislative and congressional seats after a once-a-decade recasting of district boundaries. To them, the platform should be primarily focused on the economy and jobs — the top concern for voters. The draft does not erase opposition to abortion rights or support for traditional marriage and gun rights, but it gives them less visibility. The current platform, adopted in 2008,

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The job market beat expectations, and the stock market managed a modest gain — not great, but good enough after a turbulent week. The nation added 117,000 jobs in July, the government said Friday — far from what happens in a healthy economy, and only good for a reduction of one notch in the unemployment rate, to 9.1 percent. But the jobs number beat the forecast of economists, who were expecting no more than 90,000. And it was an overwhelming relief for investors, who just lived through two of the most brutal weeks in Wall Street history. "Nothing to pop Champagne corks over," said Diane Swonk, chief economist at Mesirow Financial, "but a much-needed shot in the arm for confidence at a time when we have so little." The Dow Jones industrial average finished with a gain of 60.93 points and closed at 11,444.61. It made up only a small fraction of the losses from Thursday, when the Dow dropped 512, its worst since the financial crisis of 2008. Friday was not exactly quiet for the market, either. At the start of trading, investors were thrilled with the unemployment report, and the Dow rose 171. Ten minutes later, the gains were gone. Investors focused on Europe, which is struggling to keep Italy and Spain from being consumed by a growing financial crisis, and the Dow fell 243. "The fear was that they had no plan to deal with the situation," said Randy Warren, chief investment officer at Warren Financial Service. Later in the day, Italy promised to work toward a constitutional amendment to balance its budget. It was trying to calm investors around the world, who are worried that financial problems are spreading in Europe. The Dow's gain was only its second in the past 11 trading sessions. The average has lost about 10 percent of its value in that time. The Standard & Poor's 500, a broader measure of the market, finished just under 1,200, down a fraction of a point.

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Setting the record straight on drains Editor: I am writing in the interest of clarifying comments made in a letter titled “Drain away” from Mr. David Belmont published in your newspaper on Aug. 4, 2011 regarding the new beach restrooms in Santa Monica. Mr. Belmont made a number of assumptions about the design of the restrooms based on his recent experience using the facility that was newly opened. Mr. Belmont did not state what day he used the facility, and we can only make assumptions about why the concrete on the floor of the facility was wet. In an attempt to open the restrooms as quickly as possible, the stalls receive a final cleaning moments before opening for public use. Damp floors are likely due to recent cleaning or, as we are experiencing heavy use of the showers and foot rinses at the new facilities, it is possible dampness was the result of wet feet, shoes, bathing or wet suit of a previous user. Mr. Belmont indicated in his letter that the facilities were designed without drainage. The Building Code requires drains in restrooms containing both a urinal and a toilet or two toilets. An independent drain is not required in restrooms with a single fixture as is the case in the new facilities. The new facilities are designed per code. They have sloped floors directing water to openings at the base of the restroom’s rear wall. These openings allow water to drain directly into a drain trough running the length of the structures behind the walls. In addition to preventing standing water in the restrooms, the design allows complete accessibility to the main drain and plumbing lines by staff, reducing downtime and the costs associated with maintaining water and waste lines, toilets and drains. Further, if lines require future replacement, the existing concrete floors will not be impacted. The restroom located east of the bike path at 2500 Ocean Front Walk is a remodel and the trough drain design was not possible, so each restroom was designed to have independent floor drains to facilitate cleaning and to prevent standing water. Mr. Belmont commented on the roof style of the facility. For sustainability, the open design of the upper walls of the structure facilitate entry of natural light and take advantage of ocean breeze providing passive lighting and ventilation of the structure. The cost of installing, operating and maintaining lights for use during daylight hours and mechanical systems were therefore avoided. Ultra-low energy consuming security lights have been provided for night hours when the restrooms are closed. In addition the large overhang of the roof structure and its integral storm drain were designed to prevent entry of rain from typical rainfall events. The final concern was the lack of drinking fountains at these locations. The drinking fountains are planned for these facilities, however because of delays in receiving the parts they have not yet been installed. In the coming weeks you will see individual drinking fountains at each location. In the interest of getting the restroom facilities opened as soon as they are ready, we made a decision to open up the facilities and complete the water fountain installation once the parts are received. The new restroom facilities have been a challenging project to complete because of unforeseen issues that have surfaced during construction, as well as issues associated with parts availability and sequencing of work. The Public Works staff and the contractors have been working very hard to get these restrooms built and opened when completed. We have opened four of the seven buildings as of [Friday], with the remainder to be opened following final utility connection. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope that all will enjoy the new facilities and the amenities provided in this beautiful, but challenging environment.

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officers dealing with only one person. Is that necessary? Do you really need more than one officer to deal with one person? A: Excellent observation and thank you for the question! The Santa Monica Police Department boasts an eclectic force of community safety experts and our job is exactly that; to keep you and the community safe. That being said, outside of being professional, respectful, and maintaining integrity, we have to provide safety for ourselves before we can provide safety for others. There are a number of possible reasons why multiple officers may respond to a single person. Perhaps that person just demonstrated an act of violence by assaulting one or many people. Or, one of the officers may have just arrived to translate, to provide intelligence, were in the middle of a large investigation, or were just there to assist in a variety of ways at the request of the first responding officer. If a violent person or suspected violent person is not dealt with appropriately, it’s possible they might pose a threat of violence to our community. We take great care to ensure the safety of our officers and community. All too often officers are assaulted, injured or killed. Just a few nights ago, one of our officers was assaulted while conducting a bicycle stop of a “Parolee at Large” even while she had a backup officer present. About a year ago, a lone SMPD officer stopped a car with two occupants. Two separate officers arrived to provide assistance to the lone officer, when the passenger of the vehicle suddenly exited and began firing a pistol and shot one of the officers. So, as you can see, different situations require different expertise and, at times, more than one officer or law enforcement personnel. There are many factors that determine why we need more than one officer on any stop, call or incident. Just remember, the number one reason is for the ultimate safety of our community.

Q: I’ve been teaching my sons about street safety, more specifically, pedestrian safety. Could you provide me with some tips? A: In some cities it’s that time of the year where a lot of vehicles are on the road as many people are out enjoying the weather. Well, here in Santa Monica, fortunately, it’s that time of the year just about all year long. Here are some quick pedestrian safety tips that you can share with your sons: • Always cross at intersections. Crossing mid-block is unsafe; never cross from between two parked cars because drivers can’t see you and definitely are not expecting you. • Stop, look and listen before crossing. As when you were a child, look right and left over your shoulder before crossing; look for cars and bicycles. • Make eye contact with drivers. Don’t step out into the street until the cars have yielded. • Allow vehicles enough time to stop. Don’t try to assert your right of way with a fast-moving vehicle. • When crossing at a signal-controlled intersection, cross only on a green light or when the “walk” sign is activated; the walk sign may change, but the light is timed to give you enough time to continue on safely before opposing traffic approaches. • Be visible and predictable. Always cross in a straight line, the shortest distance between two points. Use extra care when crossing with children. Remember, drivers may not see a little one. Hold their hand while crossing. • Be a defensive walker. Always watch where you are going and expect the unexpected. This column was prepared by NRO Robert Lucio (Beat 6: Montana Avenue to Interstate 10, 20th Street to Centinela Avenue). He can be reached at (424) 200-0686 or roberto.lucio@smgov.net. Send questions to editor@smdp.com.

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“IF THE CITY WANTS MORE PEOPLE TO ride bikes, they need to make it safe from idiot drivers. Such as making it a $500 fine for using a cellphone while driving.” “NOT A BAD IDEA, BUT IT DEPENDS ON where the city places them. If there’s one by my house I’d use them to hit the grocery store or run errands. It seems like they have a lot of cargo space.” “I’M ALL FOR THE IDEA, BUT FROM THE looks of the bikes I may not use them. From the picture in the Daily Press, they seem to be kind of bulky. Would it kill the city to find a bike that is both cool to look at and useful?”

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SO GOOD: The falafel sandwich is just one of The Hungry Pocket Falafel House’s offerings.

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known as Los Angeles, there’s no problem finding cuisine from any corner of the world. However, compared to other big American cities like New York and Chicago, it is slim pickings on the West Coast when it comes to greasy little gyro stands or the late night shaworma shacks. That is why Santa Monica is home to such a gem in The Hungry Pocket Falafel House. The name is a mouthful in itself! And a mouthful of falafel is exactly what you will get, especially if you pop in Monday or Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. This is the Hungry Pocket’s all you can eat falafel sandwich night and a favorite dinner destination for people looking for a good deal. “The record is nine falafel sandwiches. People try to beat it, but the record has been nine sandwiches for about 10 or 11 years

now,” owner Mike Lafev said. That sounds like an extreme amount of sandwiches to eat in one sitting. That also sounds like an open invitation and challenge to hungry Santa Monicans citywide. And the residents of this city do know a thing or two about the Hungry Pocket. While it has received plenty of acclaim from newspapers and bloggers alike, it is the neighborhood customers that are Lafev’s bread and butter. “Businesses come and go, but we’re pretty steady. We have a lot of regulars coming back,” he said. The restaurant itself is rather unassuming. Nestled in a small mini-mall across the street from Santa Monica College, the Hungry Pocket seats no more than 20 people. When school gets out, the place becomes a madhouse. It has been this way as long as most people can remember, and Lafev is the

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STANDING FOR THEIR PRODUCTS: Employee Enrique Lopez (left) and Mike Lavev, owner of The Hungry Pocket Falafel House on Pico Boulevard across from Santa Monica College.

best person to go to for a quick history lesson on the Hungry Pocket. In 1968 an Israeli family owned the property, way back when the restaurant was named Uncle Mustache. From there a Lebanese family purchased the place and changed the name to Hungry Pocket. In 1984 Lafev, an electrical engineer at the time, purchased the Hungry Pocket, made an instant career change, and has been running the restaurant ever since. Taking on the “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” mentality, not much has changed with the Hungry Pocket in his 25 years of operation, except the Uncle Mustache name — everyone agreed that had to go. From Israeli to Lebanese to now Persian proprietary, the Hungry Pocket has changed hands from almost half of the Middle East. While ownership has changed, the menu has

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people, and those seeking youth through healthy eating, has opened up in Santa Monica. The True Food Kitchen occupies a great location on the west end of Santa Monica Place, right on Second Street. Its claim to fame is that it is somehow associated with Dr. Andrew Weil, a Harvard Medical School graduate famous for writing about healthy foods. This space used to be one of the last of the Chinese restaurants in Santa Monica with real Chinese waiters. When my son Spencer was studying Mandarin we would go there and the waiters would chuckle and write Chinese characters on the paper tablecloths with him. But the days of Chinese restaurants seem over, and healthy, fresh vegetables are in — for some. One of the most unusual and most popular dishes here is the pot of raw vegetables with dipping sauces for $12. It is very attractive, with the different colored vegetables nicely arranged, and it does make a perfect dish to share around a table, if you are with those kind of people. I was able to get a chuckle out of the fellow serving me at the bar. He uses an apple as a paper weight to hold down the check, which they put in front of the patron when the patron orders. So I took a bite out of the apple, as the old saying goes. “You’re not supposed to do that,” he said. So what is there that a not-particularlyhealthy-person like me would eat? That’s tough, because I don’t often eat raw fish outside of Japanese restaurants, I don’t really like raw vegetables, and I usually go to real Italian restaurants if I feel like pizza or pasta. But one time I did have a pizza here. It was not good. They don’t have a wood burning oven, and they put too much cheese on it, and somehow the cheese all sinks to the middle of the pizza making for sort of a soggy mess. A big favorite among the regulars is the turkey burger for $12. Personally, when I want a burger, I look for the beef. But for

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those that like turkey burgers, I think this one is probably about as good as it gets, that is if that’s your kind of thing. If you want the real thing, you can order the “grass fed” bison burger with umami mushrooms and onions, mayo and parmesan on a flax bun” for $16. That’s not cheap for a burger, but to my taste it’s much better than the turkey burger. And if someone takes you there and you must have regular food, try the steak tacos for $16, which have a good tomatillo salsa on them. Or at dinner there is the spicy shrimp and Asian noodles, and the miso-glazed black cod (my favorite dish there, but pricey at $25). One of the best features of the restaurant is a selection of beautiful cocktails in vivid colors and flavors, and the well-conceived wine list. A dozen beers are also available, and there is even sake by the glass or bottle — a really nice feature for this menu. The wine list is organized by price. There are four categories, between $6 a glass and $12 a glass. A bottle is priced at four times the glass pour. There are selections from all over the world, so you can afford to do a miniature wine tasting during this healthy adventure. And everyone can agree that wine is good for the health. MERV HECHT, the food and wine critic for the Santa Monica Daily Press, is a wine buyer and consultant to a number of national and international food and wine companies. He can be reached at mervynhecht@yahoo.com.

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Police training eyed after mentally ill man dies AMY TAXIN GILLIAN FLACCUS Associated Press

FULLERTON Police should have been intimately familiar with Kelly Thomas and his history of mental illness. Thomas had symptoms of schizophrenia and a 16-year string of arrests for everything from assault with a deadly weapon to public urination to jaywalking. But somehow, things ended differently this time. Six officers who were trying to search Thomas' backpack after reports of break-ins at a Fullerton, Calif. transit hub got into a violent fight with the 37-year-old. He later died of severe head and neck injuries. His death has provoked outrage in the college town southeast of Los Angeles and raised questions about how well police in Fullerton and elsewhere are trained to deal with the mentally ill. Across the country, there is no rule for how much training, or what kind of training, officers should undergo. Since the mid1980s, increasing numbers of departments have put some officers through a special training program to learn how to diffuse situations involving the mentally ill. These so-called crisis intervention teams are often borne out of deadly incidents in which a mentally ill suspect dies in police custody or an officer is killed by a mentally ill person. "No police officer would believe it is appropriate to kill somebody who has a mental illness," said Melissa Reuland, a consultant to the Council of State Governments Justice Center who researches this issue.

When it happens, "it is often because there has been a lack of the appropriate tools to deescalate the situation," she said. Fullerton officers frequently deal with the homeless because a major cold weather shelter is located in the city. On July 5, Thomas was sitting on a bench at a transit hub where homeless people congregate, when the officers arrived. Police said he ran when they tried to search his backpack and resisted arrest. A bystander recorded the incident with a cell phone. A bus surveillance tape showed agitated witnesses describing how officers beat Thomas and used a stun gun on him repeatedly as he cried out for his father. The police department has called the case an isolated incident and put the six officers on administrative leave. The FBI and the district attorney's office are investigating. The prosecutor's office said the agency is reviewing three videos of the confrontation: two tapes shot by bystanders and another from a police surveillance camera that was fixed on a light pole at the bus stop. They also have the surveillance video taken from the bus that pulled up minutes later. "There are certain things you can see and there are certain things you can't see. I'm not going to go into specifics, but no video will ever capture everything," said Susan Kang Schroeder, chief of staff for the district attorney's office. The agency will not release the police surveillance video because of the ongoing investigation, she said. Sgt. Andrew Goodrich, the Fullerton police department's spokesman, could not say if the officers involved in the altercation

knew Thomas, but the transit hub is around the corner from police headquarters and frequented by homeless people. "Many of our officers were familiar with Kelly Thomas like they're familiar with many of the other homeless people in our town," he said. On Friday, the National Alliance on Mental Illness urged the city to review its officer training programs and involve individuals and families who live with mental illness in the process. Fullerton officers don't undergo a training program specifically dedicated to dealing with people with mental illness, Goodrich said. The department holds 30-minute inhouse briefings before patrol shifts begin and Goodrich said the department would spend several sessions on mental health issues in a six-month period. About a dozen officers from the 145member force have received more extensive training on mental health issues. After Thomas' death, the department is taking a closer look at its training program, Goodrich said. Some agencies send officers to weeklong training courses on the subject. Some programs have been expanded to the state level, such as in Utah, Ohio and Florida, but not in California. Making the training more realistic — instead of a lecture with Power Point slides — makes a difference, Reuland said. Trainers have officers wear headsets playing aggressive voices while they perform basic tasks like buying a soda to understand the world from the perspective of someone who is mentally ill.

Actors or mental health professionals simulate real life scenarios officers might face on the beat. The program dates back more than two decades to Memphis, Tenn., after a police officer fatally shot someone who suffered from mental illness. Since then, crisis intervention teams have been expanded to more than 2,000 locations, said retired police Major Sam Cochran, who helped start the program and is now promoting it nationwide. In California, police departments in San Jose and Oakland train officers under the program, and San Francisco is developing a team of core officers who can be summoned to respond to someone who is mentally ill. The Los Angeles Police Department gives all officers an 8-hour training course on mental illness and has given more than 1,000 a more extensive 40-hour training course, said recently retired Capt. Rick Wall, who coordinated the department's mental health program. The agency also pairs up a plain-clothed officer with a social worker in specialized teams to respond to calls related to mental illness in the hopes of connecting individuals with the services they need — not just locking them up, he said. The program has been successful and has helped defuse potentially dangerous confrontations, Wall said, but cautioned that training can only go so far. "The reality is, the best programs, even the best trained officers, will have those encounters with persons whose mental illness is so severe at that particular contact that it is going to be violent," he said. "There is no magic wand."


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CAMPAIGN FROM PAGE 1 Her strategy is to treat fundraising like an organizer would, and reach out directly to people all over the new district. “I treat fundraising like I treat every political challenge of my long life of advocacy: as an organizing challenge,” Osborn said. Not all of Osborn’s donations have been random individuals. Many contributions came from politicians or employees of other public agencies, including several deputy mayors of the City of Los Angeles. Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom, who formally kicked off his candidacy in June, is about $100,000 behind Osborn, with $133,415 available for his campaign. Bloom has raised his total since the first of the year, exceeding his own goal by $50,000. “I feel like I’m on track to get where I need to be to get the word out on my candidacy,” Bloom said. Bloom hasn’t gotten as many contributors yet as Osborn, with 176 donations made and some of those by the same people, according to records filed with the Secretary of State. So far, many are known quantities in Santa Monica like city notables historian Louise Gabriel, former Planning Commissioner Gwynne Pugh and Planning Commissioner Jason Parry. He also accepted corporate donations from various hotels, Equity Office Properties (which owns the Yahoo! Center) and the Armbruster Goldsmith and Delvac law firm, which represents land use issues before the council, among others. It will be easier to reach outside of the familiar funders now that the districts are set, he said.

GOP FROM PAGE 3 says state guns laws "disarm law-abiding citizens" and calls for the end to waiting periods to purchase firearms and inclusion of a right to carry concealed weapons in the state constitution. In the proposed version, a single sentence is included on gun ownership, saying the party supports Second Amendment rights. A detailed section titled "The Right to Life" vanishes, including a call to reverse the landmark Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion. It would be replaced with a single sentence on the protection of innocent human life, and the word "abortion" never appears. The proposed platform states the party "supports traditional marriage," a significant rewrite from 2008, when the platform said marriage should be defined as between a man and woman, and schools should not teach homosexuality as an "acceptable ... lifestyle." Californians have twice voted to outlaw same-sex marriage, but a federal judge last year declared the latest ban, known as Proposition 8, unconstitutional. The ruling is being contested in court. It also drops a sentence opposing assisted suicide, as well as a line saying the party supports stem-cell research

“More people are learning about the race and the lines are known, so it’s easier to go to someone and say, ‘Hey, you’re in this district, let’s sit down and talk,’” Bloom said. Both candidates are going to need to keep their momentum going if they intend to mount successful campaigns in what could be a very competitive race. At present, it’s unclear exactly who will be running in the district, as some of the new contenders, including Andrew Lachman and West Hollywood City Council member Jeffery Prang are on the fence now that incumbent from the former 53rd district, Betsy Butler, has expressed interest in joining the race. Brian C. Johnson, head of charter schools in the area, has also begun raising money, but hasn’t made a definitive statement about which district he wants to run in. In any case, candidates may find themselves needing to spend extra money introducing themselves to new populations of voters in the wake of redistricting. “Any time redistricting impacts an area, a politician wants to spend more money,” said Michael Beckel, spokesman for the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks federal campaign contributions. The impact might be even greater in a place like L.A., where media markets are more expensive, he said. The last time this seat was up for grabs in 2006, the successful candidate, Julia Brownley, spent almost $750,000 on her campaign. It’s too early to tell whether this playing field will be more or less costly. Both Bloom and Osborn feel that they can sustain the momentum they’ve built in these early months. “I’m only about 60 percent through our own list,” Osborn said, confidently. ashley@smdp.com

"that focuses on cures, not destroying innocent human life." The draft platform "is pro-life, anti-tax, pro-family," said Leonard Lanzi, a member of a party advisory committee that endorsed the proposal, which is expected to be reviewed at a state Republican convention in September. "It's brief, yes, but it's not complicated," Lanzi added. "I think this is a platform that will appeal to a broader group of folks." In a state as large as California, it's never been easy to define a typical Republican. Is it former conservative Rep. Bob Dornan, known as "B-1 Bob" for his support of military programs, or Meg Whitman, the politically moderate billionaire who ran the most costly campaign for governor in U.S. history in 2010 and lost? Is it a conservative icon like President Ronald Reagan, or former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a political chameleon who called himself an "Arnold Republican" and talked about transcending party labels? State GOP Chairman Tom Del Beccaro said he considered the platform dispute routine but declined to discuss specifics of the proposed changes. "It's been approved by the drafting committee. It's got to make its way up the ladder," Del Beccaro said. "I don't think the ultimate result, when we adopt our platform, will be much different than it was four years ago."

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RAW MILK BACKER: Jara Fairchild writes a message on a sign in support of the owner of Rawesome, a raw food shoppers club located on Rose Avenue that was raided by the Food and Drug Administration and the Los Angeles Police Department on Wednesday.

MILK FROM PAGE 1 Prosecutors accused Palmer of operating her Santa Paula-based Healthy Family Farms without the required licensing for milk production. She was scheduled to be arraigned Friday on nine counts. Bloch, who was charged with three counts of conspiracy to commit a crime,

pleaded not guilty Thursday and was released on her own recognizance. The arrests came after a yearlong probe in which undercover investigators purchased unpasteurized goat milk, cheese and yogurt from Healthy Family Farms stands at farmers markets, according to a complaint. Investigators also searched Rawesome in June 2010, seizing stacks of unmarked jugs of raw milk, cartons of raw goat and cow milk, and blocks of unpasteurized goat cheese, among other grocery items.

MURAL FROM PAGE 1 other hand, I'm being realistic," said Jane Golden, the original artist of "Ocean Park Pier." She recently sent the owners of the property on which the mural is painted written permission to take it down. It was not an easy decision; the mural was the first that Golden ever painted, she said. “I will always be grateful to the city of Santa Monica for giving me a start,” Golden said. Golden’s Santa Monica murals were funded by a grant from the Social and Public Art Resource Center, a non-profit arts organization centered in Venice. Golden started the murals in the late 1970s and finished them in the early ‘80s when she left Santa Monica for Philadelphia. She now teaches art at the University of Pennsylvania and is an executive director at the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, a public art organization. Golden was inspired by murals that had been put up around Los Angeles. She wanted to bring that kind of public art to Santa Monica, something that was more accessible for the community than museums and galleries. Golden said that in the end, she would prefer to have no mural than to have her work defaced by graffiti. “It's bittersweet, but I think it's the right thing to do,” she said of her decision granting permission to remove the mural. Golden still expresses interest in the area, and would paint a new mural if the owners decide to remove “Ocean Park Pier,” she said. In the past, attempts to restore the mural have been considered, but have never taken shape. The city and Golden discussed working together to restore parts of the mural that had been defaced, said Jessica Cusick, Cultural Affairs Manager for Santa Monica. However, they have never found the opportunity to get Golden into Santa

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Monica with the resources necessary to repair the mural, Cusick said. "The sticking point is funding," she added. Cusick also said that the mural is on private property, unlike Daniel Alonzo's "Whale of a Mural" and David Gordon's "Unbridled," both of which are on the underpass at Fourth Street and Ocean Park Boulevard. Those murals, which are on public property, can be cleaned up by the city whenever it sees fit, Cusick said. In order to do the same for murals on private property, the city would need written permission from the property owner. The surf shop ZJ Boarding House does not own the property, but has leased it since 1988. "I feel it's definitely an iconic mural," Victor Shaw, manager of ZJ Boarding House, said about "Ocean Park Pier." Ultimately, Shaw thinks that the mural should be repainted, or that a new one should be put up. His reasoning is as pragmatic as it is artistic. "If we repaint the wall white, it would be filled with graffiti," Shaw said. In the event that “Ocean Park Pier” is removed, Golden's mural “John Muir Woods” on Lincoln Boulevard can still be seen on the John Muir Elementary School. news@smdp.com

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have picked London or Hong Kong. Instead, the lingerie retailer that styles itself "the original sex symbol" chose the buttoneddown sheikdom of Abu Dhabi for the launch of its first international store. Frederick's of Hollywood, famed for its curve-cinching corsets and provocative push-up bras, opened up to little fanfare in the Emirati capital last weekend. Another outpost offering the chain's racy lingerie is set to open soon up the road in more freewheeling Dubai. The choice of venue is revealing — not only about demand for risque unmentionables on the Arabian Peninsula, but also for what it says about the United Arab Emirates' retail pull. In only a few short years, this South Carolina-sized desert country has emerged as an unlikely first port of call for retailers looking to test their brands overseas. "Despite the outward conservative culture ... this is a very fashion-conscious market," Frederick's Chairman and CEO Thomas Lynch said in a recent interview. "They're no less interested in what we have to offer." Other retailers seem to agree. Crate and Barrel, American Eagle Outfitters, Aeropostale, Pottery Barn and Bloomingdale's each have launched their first stores outside North America in the UAE in the past couple of years. Smaller companies are making the leap too. When Manhattan favorites Shake Shack and Magnolia Bakery decided to take their burgers and red velvet cupcakes overseas, the first city they turned to was Dubai. Retailers and restaurant chains that once shied away from overseas markets are being seduced by the region's deep-pocketed citizens and the growing track records of their Arab franchise partners, who take on many of the costs and much of the legwork that goes into transferring the brand abroad. Frederick's deal is a good example. While financial details are private, Lynch said paying for the Gulf expansion is mainly up to the company's Abu Dhabi-based partners, Safeer Establishment. Frederick's is primarily providing "brand support" for an arrangement that envisions 10 stores across the region in the next three years, he said. The UAE has other advantages too. It boasts plenty of high-quality retail space and few of the deeply entrenched local brands that can put retailers off expanding into mature markets like Europe. The country's booming airlines have turned the Emirates into a global crossroads, funneling armies of guest workers — including Westerners — and millions of tourists into the country's shopping malls each year. That was part of the appeal for Bloomingdale's, which opened its first international store in Dubai's biggest shopping mall early last year. "With all the tourists passing through there, it's a great billboard for Bloomingdale's," Chairman and CEO Michael Gould told The Associated Press. Gould said it is tricky for many American retailers to translate their brands to Europe, as it is for European chains looking to enter the U.S. A market such as the Emirates, however, offers a "much more fertile environment. People have an opportunity to build something there," he said. A recent surge of new retailers, particu-

larly from the U.S., has pushed Dubai into the No. 1 spot alongside London in terms of market penetration for major retail brands, according to a recent report by real estate firm CB Richard Ellis. On the national level, the UAE is in second place globally, just behind Britain and ahead of the United States. As the Gulf 's most liberal and internationally-connected city, Dubai has traditionally been the first stop for chains looking to expand in the region. But as it becomes more saturated, CBRE expects international retailers will increasingly target nearby Abu Dhabi and other Gulf markets such as Kuwait City and Doha, Qatar. Michael Leighton, a retail consultant at CBRE, said many American retailers have long resisted setting up franchises, which is effectively a requirement for doing business in the Gulf. The economic downturn helped changed that. "As consumer spending has reduced in the U.S., they've been forced to adjust their business model," he said. Setting up a franchise in the Gulf is "a very easy way of generating extra revenue. ... People have to generate profits and balance the books, and in the U.S. it's very very hard at the moment," he added. The strategy is not without risks. Dubai's economy was pummeled by the global economic downturn, which sent property prices plunging and exposed large levels of debt. Many retailers planned their regional expansions during the boom years late last decade and had to contend with leaner times when they eventually opened. "When we made the deal, we made it right at the peak. ... When we opened, it was certainly at a much more difficult time," Bloomingdale's Gould said. He said the Dubai store nonetheless beat the company's first-year projections in 2010, and he insists this year is looking "just terrific." He declined to give specifics. The U.S. retail invasion shows few signs of slowing down. Chicago-based Potbelly Sandwich Shop this year opened two stores in Dubai — with pork-free menus to suit Islamic rules. The Cheesecake Factory plans to open its first international restaurants in Dubai and Kuwait next year. It, like Potbelly and Shake Shack, is expanding through an agreement with Kuwait's M.H. Alshaya Co., which has Mideast partnership deals with several American companies, including Starbucks and frozen yoghurt chain Pinkberry. "There is great demand for high-quality American brands there," said Jill Peters, vice president for investor relations at the cheesecake chain. Frederick's expects its Gulf customers won't be that different from those in the U.S. — young, fashion-conscious women who keep a close watch on what's happening on the red carpets of Hollywood, said Lynch, the CEO. While the Abu Dhabi store offers saucy staples such as the "Exxtreme Cleavage" bra and even a pair of rhinestone-covered handcuffs, Lynch is eager to point out the company has lots more to offer, including swimwear and shoes. Scantily dressed mannequins in the windows of its flagship Emirates store hint at the risque offerings inside, though the storefront is designed so passers-by can't easily peer in. Inside, lingerie is grouped by color, with a relatively more modest bridal collection showcased in a lushly carpeted centerpiece section.


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Crisis revives 2008 fears but risks are considerably less JONATHAN FAHEY PAUL WISEMAN AP Business Writers

Wild gyrations in the stock market. Big banks holding risky bonds. Fear that toxic assets will contaminate banks and freeze up credit on both sides of the Atlantic. Wall Street is having a flashback to the panicky days of September and October 2008, when Lehman Brothers collapsed and American International Group needed a bailout that became the biggest on Wall Street — $182 billion. This time investors are worried that Europe's debt crisis could slam an already weak U.S. economy. But few analysts think it will do as much damage as the collapse in home prices and mortgage-backed securities did in 2008, when they caused a credit squeeze and banks feared lending to each other. Compared with the fall of 2008, "our larger banks are in pretty good shape," says Philip Swagel, a former Treasury official who is now an economist at the University of Maryland. "They've rebuilt their capital positions. The institutions that are exposed (to European debt) are in much better shape." After months of worrying about the risk of default by Greece and Portugal, investors fear that two much bigger countries — Italy and Spain — might be unable to meet their debt payments. They also worry that Italian and Spanish banks have loaded up on their countries' government bonds and haven't valued them accurately. Analysts say a default by an economy as big as Italy's or Spain's would likely throw Europe into recession. That would further strain a fragile U.S. economy and weigh on the global financial system. If Italy or Spain defaulted, their banks would absorb big losses that could spread to other institutions. French banks have lent heavily to Italian banks, and U.S. banks have lent heavily to French banks. "You have the potential for a domino effect," says Thomas Abruzzo, head of the North American financial institutions team at Fitch Ratings. But Abruzzo says he's confident that U.S. banks have hedged much of the risk they've taken in Europe to protect against steep losses. They've also built up their capital — the financial buffer that protects them against losses.

What's more, the Italian and Spanish government debts are better understood than the exotic mortgage securities at the heart of the 2008 crisis that began in the United States. Then, no one knew which banks were holding how much in mortgage securities or what those securities were worth. Banks stopped lending to each other. Credit froze up. Panic set in. Corporations that relied on short-term loans faced a debilitating cash crunch. These days, U.S. corporations are hoarding cash and don't require immediate access to financial markets. Banks also have changed the way they fund themselves. In 2007, they relied heavily on very short-term loans. They needed to be repaid, and replaced, quickly. When markets seized up, banks quickly ran out of money. Now they have diversified their funding streams with longer-term borrowings. They have more agility to avoid heavy losses. "Companies now are not in a position where they can be quickly put into a liquidity crisis," said Thomas Tzitzouris, head of fixed income research at Strategas Partners. The scope of the current trouble, however, is much wider than it was in 2008. The institutions in trouble now are not a few banks or trading firms: They are entire countries. Italy is the third-largest borrower in the world, with more than $2 trillion in debt. That dwarfs the debt of Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns and Merrill Lynch, the companies on the brink in 2008. Measured by the interest rates being charged on Italian debt compared with other countries' debt, investors are putting the odds of an Italian default at higher than 50 percent. "The markets are saying Italy is on the chopping block," Tzitzouris says. An Italian default, he says, would bust huge holes in the balance sheets of banks and insurance companies, among others. "Contagion would quickly spread, and you are looking at a severe worldwide recession." Though U.S. banks are better protected from a credit crisis this time, a deep recession in Europe would hurt a U.S. economy already struggling to grow. The economy expanded at an annual rate of only 0.8 percent in the first half of the year.

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ing Ronald Madison, a 40-year-old mentally disabled man, but the jury decided his killing didn't amount to murder. Faulcon, Gisevius, Bowen and Villavaso were convicted in the death of 17-year-old James Brissette. Jurors didn't have to decide whether Brissette was murdered because they didn't hold any of the defendants individually responsible for causing his death. Kaufman, who was assigned to investigate the deadly encounter on the bridge, wasn't charged in the shootings. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, who invited the Justice Department last year to conduct a thorough review of the police department, said the verdicts "provide significant closure to a dark chapter in our city's history." In March, the Justice Department issued a blistering report that said New Orleans police officers have often used deadly force without justification, repeatedly made unconstitutional arrests and engaged in racial profiling. Landrieu has said he expects the federal review to bring about courtordered reforms. Five former officers pleaded guilty to participating in cover-up of the bridge shootings and testified during the trial. Another former officer, retired Sgt. Gerard Dugue, has a separate trial scheduled to start in September. Brissette's mother, Sherrel Johnson, said she was relieved by the verdict after "a long, hard six years" and would now try to move on. But she lamented what her son has lost. "For him there will be no prom, no baby, no nothing. My child will never have nothing," she said. Madison's relatives said in a statement the family had waited six years to "find out what really happened on that bridge." Madison's sister Jackie Madison Brown read the statement, which also said that after an event like Katrina, "all citizens, no matter what color or what class, deserve protection." After the verdict was read, Justice Department prosecutor Bobbi Bernstein became emotional, hugging the families of Madison and Brissette and holding hands with two of Madison's sisters.

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★★★ Deal directly with issues that surround a

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key partnership. The discussion could go anywhere from trying to resolve a disagreement to deciding as a team your next step. Use care not to confuse matters by saying one thing but doing another. Tonight: Dinner with a favorite person.

point you in the correct direction. Do remember that what is right for you might not be right for this person, and vice versa. Try to open up to different types thinking. Tonight: Your treat.

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SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) TAURUS (April 20-May 20) ★★★★★ Others prove to be challenging because they are so determined to have matters tumble the way they want. You might see that you are spreading yourself thin. Worry less about what is happening and more about the quality of the interaction. Tonight: Say "yes" to living.

★★★★ You might be all smiles. Pressure could be building where you least expect it. Listen to news more openly. Don't allow a judgment to cloud your thinking. Remain imaginative yet direct with others. Tonight: Enjoying the moment.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) GEMINI (May 21-June 20) ★★★ You might do the unthinkable ... work on a project rather than socialize. Don't let someone's question throw you. You know what is good for you. Don't feel as if you have to explain everything. You don't. Tonight: Let your energy be a factor in making choices.

★★★★ You might want to project yourself differently than a friend. You also might want to make plans independently. Honor your needs, but also expect a bit of a backlash. You need to follow your own drummer. Tonight: Don't read more into a situation than is really there.

Garfield

By Jim Davis

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) CANCER (June 21-July 22)

★★★★★ Find the crowds and find your

★★★★★ Amid everything that is happening,

friends. In this type of setting, you'll feel great. A partner manifests some jealousy. Single Goats might discover just how interested someone is by his or her possessiveness. Tonight: Where your friends are.

you might be wondering if you need to cancel some plans. Give 125 percent to whatever you do, and you will have your answer. Don't allow someone else's tantrum to dominate. Tonight: Fun and games.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

★★★★ Others often follow your lead. Right

★★★★ Just as you are ready to take off and

now, the same people could reverse their direction out of the blue. You wonder what is going on. Don't worry about the present situation. Remember, everyone is free to do what they want. Tonight: Ask, and you shall receive.

soar, you discover that a family member or roommate needs something. It might feel as if you have shackles on. Be a little more easygoing, but also know when to respond to your own needs. Tonight: Entertain at home.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

★★★★ Keep reaching for more of what you

★★★★★ Your ability to communicate crosses

desire. Listen to news with an open mind. Following the now-possible path could be very exciting yet problematic in some way. You might need to give up a lot. Tonight: Use your imagination.

a barrier. You have an opportunity to heal a relationship, if you so choose. Don't take people's comments personally, and you will be far happier. Tonight: Strutting your stuff.

Happy birthday

JACQUELINE BIGAR’S STARS The stars show the kind of day you’ll have: ★★★★★Dynamic ★★ So-So ★★★★ Positive ★ Difficult ★★★ Average

This year, you might believe you are being clear, but you will be giving mixed signals. You often distance yourself from others without intending to. Ask several respected and trusted friends or family members if perhaps your body language doesn't match your message. Some of you might opt to take a class in communication. Be aware of the possibility. If you are single, you could meet someone through family or close to your home. Take your time dating this year. If you are attached, the two of you probably will see the communication issue just mentioned rear its ugly head. SCORPIO can pressure you.

Strange Brew

By John Deering

Speed Bump

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TODAY IN HISTORY In New York City, the Warner Brothers' Vitaphone system premieres with the movie Don Juan starring John Barrymore. Harry Houdini performs his greatest feat, spending 91 minutes underwater in a sealed tank before escaping. Judge Joseph Force Crater steps into a taxi in New York and disappears to be never seen again.

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